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PlayStation Celebrates 25th Anniversary

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PlayStation Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Tomorrow (December 3rd) marks PlayStation’s 25th anniversary.

The video game firm has celebrated the landmark achievement in a blog post made on the Sony PlayStation blog. The post consists of a statement from Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO Jim Ryan.

In the post, Ryan praised the PlayStation’s current and previous success while thanking customers, game developers and all others involved. He said: “On December 3, 1994 – 25 years ago this week – the first PlayStation made its global debut in Japan.

“Starting from a humble beginning as an upstart within Sony, Ken Kutaragi and team delivered on a vision to elevate video games as a form of entertainment that everyone could enjoy and to make a platform for game developers to express their creativity. The original PlayStation sold 100,000 units in Japan on its first day and went on to become the first-ever home console to surpass 100 million units sold globally.”

He continued: “We struck a chord with the gaming community because PlayStation offered experiences beyond what anyone could ever imagine was possible with a home console. From the very start, we opened our arms to developers, providing them with the tools and technology to create beautiful, expansive worlds, and to experiment with new ideas. That approach led to the diversity of games PlayStation is known for, a true hallmark for our brand across multiple generations of hardware platforms.”

“Over the past 25 years, PlayStation has stood at the forefront as gaming, and I’m honoured to have been a part of the team since the early days. As I was helping set up the business in Europe, I remember having to start from scratch with many things, from hiring employees to ordering furniture. Back then, we focused on catering to local markets to ensure that a gamer in Poland would feel a part of the broader PlayStation community just as much as someone in the UK, or Japan, or the US. Supported by passionate fans all around the world, our business has grown significantly and our focus on community is more important than ever.”

The statement ended with: “It’s truly humbling to see fans who grew up on PlayStation passing down their love of gaming to their children, who are now playing on PS5. On behalf of all of us at PlayStation – thank you for taking this journey with us. We can’t wait to celebrate what comes next with you!”

Sony PlayStation’s Journey

The first Sony PlayStation console was released worldwide in 1995, with the Sony PlayStation 2 launching five years later in 2000. The PS2 today remains the most successful home console in the world, having sold over 150 million units as of December 2012.

The PlayStation 3 launched in November 2006 in Japan and North America, and a year later in Europe. As of November 2013, the PS3 console has sold over 80 million consoles worldwide. The subsequent console, the PS4, released in November 2013 in North America and was followed by Slim and Pro models.

Most recently, the PlayStation 5 was announced this year and is set for a release holiday 2020. According to interviews, the PS5 will reportedly support 8K resolution, come with SSD storage and will be backwards-compatible with PlayStation 4 games. For more information regarding the upcoming console, remember to check back.

Image credit: PlayStation blog post

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